Hey all, Dani here.
Whew, Monday has felt like such a Monday, which doesn’t always happen, but today feels like it lasted three days. And, of course, it’s not even over yet. I get like an hour and half to eat dinner and then relax before I sit down for my second job. Which, don’t get me wrong, I rather like my second job, but my first job has me tired and unfocused right now, so we’ll see how that goes, honestly.
Okay, anyway, I’m back with my next review for the Fruits Basket series, and I’m so close to being able to read more of them. I told myself I wasn’t allowed to pick up volumes 5-12 until I’d caught up on my reviews for the series, so I just have one more before I can let loose.
Oooh, also, I looked ahead in my blogging calendar and realized that I stopped scheduling ahead on my manga reviews and stuff, so I’m definitely going to have to sit down and figure out what reviews I still need to write up. And then I can probably start reading more manga volumes and scheduling those up as well.
So don’t worry, Manga Monday is not going anywhere.
And now, let’s totally jump into this review.
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
ISBN: 0316360643 (ISBN13: 9780316360647)
Spring is in the air, and with spring comes break! When Shigure takes Tohru, Yuki, and Kyo to the Sohma’s vacation home to make the most of Golden Week, the inevitable game of cat and rat is already underway, with sparks flying between Yuki and Kyo. But leave it to Tohru to smooth things over! The peace doesn’t last, however, when another Sohma (or two?!) drops in!
But even a vacation can’t prepare the group for the surprise that awaits them upon their return. When a face from Kyo’s past makes an appearance, he lets a shocking secret about the cat out of the bag…
Rating: 4.5 stars
I read this back in February 2020…and I’m actually a bit sad to say that I don’t remember specifically what happens in this volume. So I had to look up some other reviews on Goodreads, because I’m still bad about taking notes when I’m doing a manga binge-read. Reading those really helped me remember.
Okay, so this was one of the best volumes of the series so far. We get plenty more with Yuki and Kyo, but there’s also more Momiji and Haru. But what I really want to talk about is the introduction of Kisa Sohma, who has completely stopped talking due to being the victim of consistent bullying, so content warning for bullying if that is something that affects your mental health right now. Tohru continues to be the sweetest marshmallow out there, and manages to get Kisa to open up, which naturally ends with Kisa following Tohru around.
I just love how Tohru, just by being herself, is able to help so many people in her life. While I do enjoy the chaotic antics of Yuki and Kyo, it is Tohru that keeps me coming back to this series each and every time. I just think her way of looking at the world is so heartwarming and endearing. It’s easy to see why so many of the Sohmas are smitten with her.
Oh, and the huge revelation of this volume comes when Kyo’s martial arts teacher comes for a visit. During this scene/encounter we end up being shown Kyo’s other/”true” form, which makes him run off. But Tohru goes after him and is able to once again talk things through in a way that helps Kyo relax.
Another great part in this is that, through Tohru’s influence, Yuki goes to see his brother and they have a long overdue civil conversation.
So, actually a whole lot happened, and it just pulled me even deeper into the world that is Fruits Basket. I really just want to keep reading the manga and watching the new anime, because I am definitely enjoying both experiences.